In a report published today the UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, urges people in their 50’s to 70’s to do some type of work or activity in order to stay fit and healthy.  This could be paid employment where a person can, wishes or needs to, or alternatively it could be volunteer work.  In the report called Fit for the Future she says :  ”Staying in work, volunteering or joining a community group can make sure people stay physically and mentally active for longer. The health benefits of this should not be underestimated.”   As well as combating potential isolation “good work” can help with cognitive wellbeing, self-esteem and physical health.     Her advice adds weight to other research which shows how important it is to be socially engaged and mentally active in our later years.  We can ‘retire’ from paid employment but should not ‘retire’ from activity and involvement with others if we wish to stay fit in every sense.

Debbie King

Between 2014 and 2016 I took time out to travel alone around Europe, blogging about my experiences, discoveries and personal development on One of the many beautiful lessons I learned was the possibility of self-discovery and personal growth at any age. I am now passionate about achieving and encouraging successful ageing and making this a Silver Not Grey journey. I hope that Age With Me can inform, inspire, and accompany you on your silver journey. If you want to send me a comment you can do so privately or publicly. If publicly your email address need not be displayed. Please specify if you wish your comment to be private and seen only by me, thank you.

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